Hypertext Webster Gateway: "ready"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Ready \Read"y\, a. [Compar. {Readier}; superl. {Readiest}.] [AS.
r[=ae]de; akin to D. gereed, bereid, G. bereit, Goth.
gar['a]ids fixed, arranged, and possibly to E. ride, as
meaning originally, prepared for riding. Cf. {Array}, 1st
1. Prepared for what one is about to do or experience;
equipped or supplied with what is needed for some act or
event; prepared for immediate movement or action; as, the
troops are ready to march; ready for the journey. ``When
she redy was.'' --Chaucer.

2. Fitted or arranged for immediate use; causing no delay for
lack of being prepared or furnished. ``Dinner was ready.''

My oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things
are ready: come unto the marriage. --Matt. xxii.

3. Prepared in mind or disposition; not reluctant; willing;
free; inclined; disposed.

I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at
Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord Jesus. --Acts
xxi. 13.

If need be, I am ready to forego And quit. --Milton.

4. Not slow or hesitating; quick in action or perception of
any kind; dexterous; prompt; easy; expert; as, a ready
apprehension; ready wit; a ready writer or workman.
``Ready in devising expedients.'' --Macaulay.

Gurth, whose temper was ready, through surly. --Sir
W. Scott.

5. Offering itself at once; at hand; opportune; convenient;
near; easy. ``The readiest way.'' --Milton.

A sapling pine he wrenched from out the ground, The
readiest weapon that his fury found. --Dryden.

6. On the point; about; on the brink; near; -- with a
following infinitive.

My heart is ready to crack. --Shak.

7. (Mil.) A word of command, or a position, in the manual of
arms, at which the piece is cocked and held in position to
execute promptly the next command, which is, aim.

{All ready}, ready in every particular; wholly equipped or
prepared. ``[I] am all redy at your hest.'' --Chaucer.

{Ready money}, means of immediate payment; cash. ``'Tis all
the ready money fate can give.'' --Cowley.

{Ready reckoner}, a book of tables for facilitating
computations, as of interest, prices, etc.

{To make ready}, to make preparation; to get in readiness.

Syn: Prompt; expeditious; speedy; unhesitating; dexterous;
apt; skilful; handy; expert; facile; easy; opportune;
fitted; prepared; disposed; willing; free; cheerful. See

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Ready \Read"y\, adv.
In a state of preparation for immediate action; so as to need
no delay.

We ourselves will go ready armed. --Num. xxxii.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Ready \Read"y\, n.
Ready money; cash; -- commonly with the; as, he was supplied
with the ready. [Slang]

Lord Strut was not flush in ready, either to go to law,
or to clear old debts. --Arbuthnot.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Ready \Read"y\, v. t.
To dispose in order. [Obs.] --Heywood.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or
use or progress; "get ready"; "she is ready to
resign"; "the bridge is ready to collapse"; "I am
ready to work"; "ready for action"; "ready for use";
"the soup will be ready in a minute"; "ready to learn
to read" [ant: {unready}]
2: (of especially money) immediately available; "he seems to
have ample ready money"; "a ready source of cash" [syn: {ready(a)}]
3: mentally disposed; "he was ready to believe her"
4: brought into readiness; "dinner is ready"
5: apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity; "a
quick mind"; "a ready wit" [syn: {quick}]
n : poised for action; "their guns were at the ready"
v 1: prepare for eating by applying heat; "Cook me dinner,
please"; "can you make me an omelette?" "fix breakfast
for the guests, please" [syn: {cook}, {fix}, {make}, {prepare}]
2: make ready or suitable in advance for a particular purpose
or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for
school!"; "prepare for war" [syn: {prepare}, {set up}, {gear
up}, {set}]

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